Liverpool: Crowds Celebrate Title Victory Despite Coronavirus Fears Of “Leaving”

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Liverpool fans launched flares outside the Liver Building


Crowds gathered in Liverpool for a second night after the team won the Premier League title were asked to leave by the police.

A dispersal order was issued in the city center after groups returned on Friday to celebrate Liverpool’s first title in 30 years.

Police and politicians urged Liverpool fans to stay home because of Covid-19, which was “still a real risk”.

Merseyside police said the order would be in effect until Sunday.

The force said a section 34 dispersal order had been issued “following large rallies in the area this evening.”

As the celebrations resumed, 24 hours after the club’s triumph was confirmed, the mayor tweeted a photo of a large crowd gathered near the city’s Mersey Ferry terminal.

He wrote: “It is clear that too many people are intoxicated and cause antisocial behavior.

“I urge you to leave the city center now it’s not safe. “

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Mayor Joe Anderson tweeted a photo of the crowd gathered at the Mersey ferry terminal


He went on to say that “councils simply do not have the power” to move people or prevent them from gathering.

“If you know someone who is there, please send them a message and ask them to come back,” he added.

Metro mayor Steve Rotheram added his own message, echoing that of Mr. Anderson.

“We are not saying it is poop but hundreds of people have already died in our area from the coronavirus,” he wrote.

“Until it is safe for us to come together, please celebrate at home. “

“Stay in your bubble”

Earlier, Anderson, who warned that such scenes would happen, said it was “disappointing” that many had ignored the advice.

Merseyside Deputy Chief Constable Rob Carden also expressed dismay.

“Unfortunately, as we have seen throughout the lockout period, not everyone has complied with existing regulations,” he said.

“Although the vast majority of the celebrations are in good spirits, a large number of people have chosen to gather outside the stadium. ”

He added that “in the days to come” fans should only celebrate with “members of your household and in your social bubble”, adding: “As we all know, Merseyside has been disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and we must all do what we can to prevent new cases and deaths. ”

Official figures show that Liverpool has registered 544 coronavirus-related deaths as of June 12 and 1,677 cases as of June 25.

Announcing that city municipal buildings would be lit red for a week to celebrate the club’s success, a spokesman for the council urged “ecstatic fans to try to maintain a social distancing orientation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus” .

Council chief executive Tony Reeves added that it was “vital that we do not throw away the months of hard work for a weekend of celebration.”

“A little frustrating”

In April Anderson said he was concerned that the restarting of the Premier League would lead to a “wacky” situation with supporters gathering outside of Anfield.

The club said at the time that it was “disappointed” with the mayor’s comments, while the Spirit of Shankly supporters group called on it to withdraw its statement, adding that there was “no evidence to support the mayor’s perception that supporters are breaking lock-out regulations. ” “.

Liverpool FC and Spirit of Shankly were approached for comment.

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No attempt was made to disperse the crowd by the police on the ground


Speaking to the BBC, Anderson said he had “warned that I was concerned about the figures that would arrive not only outside Anfield but in other parts of the city center.”

He added: “The rally at Anfield was a little frustrating when people mistakenly believe that we are above the worst of the pandemic.

“In the euphoria … people decided to ignore the advice, but it left, it happened.

“We will have to see if there is a spike in coronavirus as a result of this. ”

He added that it was “disappointing, just like seeing the scenes on Bournemouth Beach”.

“But if Chelsea or Manchester City had won the league, we would have seen the same scenes outside Stamford Bridge or the Etihad.

“We are where we are. ”

The city council has already started to investigate the impact of the club’s Champions League match against Atletico Madrid on March 11, which saw more than 3,000 supporters away to the match, even if the Spain was in partial lockout at the time.

In May, the scientist responsible for the UK coronavirus monitoring project, Professor Tim Spector, said that the fact that the game happened had “caused more suffering and death”, while the family Reds fan Richard Mawson died with Covid-19 after watching the game. , asked for an investigation.

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